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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Cannonshot, Jun 15, 2008.
Hey BD, cool report in this month's AMA magazine!
Back on the trail.
Reminds me of last year's constant dust.
Pavement spur to Whitefish Point (north out of Paradise).
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at the old Coast Guard Station at Whitefish Point. Steam powered fog horn and lighthouse pictured.
Lots of wrecks around here. The Edmund Fitzgerald went down nearby while trying to make it to Whitefish Bay for safety. You divers might know that there are 6,000 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes.
This is a narrow spot in the lake so we can see across to Canada. Lake Superior averages about 450' in depth with a max depth of 1,333' near Pictured Rocks (where we visited earlier). It holds enough water to cover North and South America in 1' of water.
We saw a lot of these ore carriers go by when we would be along the shore. This is a self unloader (explains the boom). They are big. They move taconite (iron ore pellets), limestone, and other stuff to support industry on the lakes.
How do the KLX250's do on this trip? How was green KLX packed? I take it you guys have lots of stops for gas since the KLX has a tiny tank!
At the gas stop in Paradise is started to rain.
We weren't put off by a little rain, so we continued on . . . play the cards you're dealt. We soon drove out of it anyway.
Eventually we popped out of the woods onto the abandoned Raco Field. Raco is an airfield with a triangular runway configuration that was built in WW II to protect the locks at Sault Ste Marie to keep steel production running. Each leg is about a mile long. There were nuclear Bombarc missiles station here for a while after that. Now the property is part of the National Forest. A company that does cold weather product testing leases some of the facility. The concrete runways are in remarkably good shape.
I was behind Tim and Dan a lot of the trip and those guys ripped on those bikes and they did fine on the road as well. I think they were saying they hit 80 on the road sections. Looked like a great bike to have on this trip!
Back on the trail on the final day 1 leg to St Ignace.
Campground. We were the only ones there.
I guess we scared up a little dust after all.
It stormed/rained most of the night. Lots of leaves and trees down the next day.
Dinner in St Ignace.
Cowboy2 looks a little sore. I know how uncomfortable cracked ribs can be.
End of day 1 (300 miles, 12 hours or so). One rider out with cracked ribs.
Mmm... The Whitefish was good but the clam chowder even better!
Camping turned out better than I thought it might. My MP3 player blocked out most of the storm but I remember being woken up by some huge flashes of lightening!
It is almost like being there!
Great ride report!!
Tim and MARK, Tim and Mark. Mark being me. It's okay, though, Jim, it's only a name...
The KLXs did great. Mine, with stock tank, has a 110 mile range; and it was the weapon of choice on the sand. A bit anemic on the road, but we kept up. GPS indicated high speed of 79 on the road.
Now you blew that whole, "the names have been changed to protect the innocent" thing... Sorry, I'm terrible with names.
Hats off to you Mark. I still can't believe you slept in your gear, no tent, no bag. I slept for shit on a cushion, in a bag, long johns, and fleece. I'm not much of a camper, but I'm trying.
One of the boys was running a Spot Tracker so the folks back home could keep track of our progress. Maybe he can get on here and share some information about how well it worked. I know jzee found us out on the tip of the Keweenaw by getting a report from back home that said where we were and when we stopped moving.
I guess it worked alright. I was telling Kent (Mr. Salty) via email that there were some holes in the reporting coverage - once because I forgot to turn it on and some other times because it worked its way down in my tank bag.
I think the tracking data zeros out every 24 hours, but I'm not sure. Somehow, the shareable web page was only showing the last part of the last day at the end of the Keweenaw. I tried to toggle the activate/deactivate control on the webpage and this might have hosed it up.
Lady Sedgwick was able to track it from home and it looked like it was working for her. There were something like 330 view of the page when I got home, so lots of people were checking it out.
When Brother Sedgwick looked at our first day progress, he sent this SMS to my cell phone: "Get your butt back on the road slacker!"
I guess he didn't think that 12 hour days were enough riding.
I'll post the a GPX of the tracking points it produces, as well as a screen shot of the track it produced.
It is always fun up there!
Better make the next one Mark.
Always good to hear from you! Get up here and join us on one of these treks.
The nasty sand around Rainbow Lodge is totally avoidable with a couple three miles of county road. Don't let it stop you from riding the route. Just have decent knobs on whatever you ride. I scouted and GPS'd the trail with other club members in 2001 & 2002. I worry more about deer jumping in front of me on the trail.
After riding with the "Ohio Flyers" on their 250's, I went shopping for one. There may be a Yamaha in my future. But will check w/ Jay first, I think Husky has a street legal 250. Then add a big tank like yours and on to fun at 70 miles to the gallon, right! Hmmm...
Many thanks to you guys for scouting out the original trail years ago. A good portion of this route is based on the original route. You guys did some fabulous work.
But why would anyone trade that nice sandy section for a county road?
Critic, all Husky TE's are 50 state street legal and next year there will be a 310cc.
Tbird in the central forum has a TE250 and he can tell you all about it.